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The internal directory stores user and group information in the JIRA database.

The internal directory is enabled by default at installation. When you create the first administrator during the setup procedure, that administrator's username and other details are stored in the internal directory.

If needed, you can configure one or more additional user directories. This is useful if you want to grant access to users and groups that are stored in a corporate directory or other directory server.

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Settings

Setting

Description

Enable Nested Groups

Enable or disable support for nested groups. When nested groups are enabled, you can define a group as a member of another group. If you are using groups to manage permissions, you can create nested groups to allow inheritance of permissions from one group to its sub-groups.

Diagram of Possible Configuration

Gliffy-JIRA-Internal

Diagram above: JIRA using its internal directory for user management.

RELATED TOPICS

Configuring User Directories